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Hello.

I am wondering how to correctly describe some actions related with the bus:

1) A week ago I took the bus to the museum.
I went on the bus, then went off and visited the museum. Just one trip. Can I say it some other way? For example that I rode the bus to the museum?

2) I like riding the bus.
In general, I just like this activity. Can I say it some other way? For example that I like taking the bus?

3) Yesterday I was riding the bus from 16:00 to 18:00.
It means that this activity just lasted two hours. Can I say it some other way?

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Reegis1) A week ago I took the bus to the museum.

That is fine. You "got" on and off the bus, not "went", here in the US, anyway.

ReegisCan I say it some other way? For example that I rode the bus to the museum?

Yes, but that does not mean the same thing. The emphasis is on the ride itself, not the mode of transportation.

Reegis2) I like riding the bus.

Right. You like being on the bus—looking out the window, talking to the guy across the aisle, etc.

ReegisCan I say it some other way? For example that I like taking the bus?

Again, that is fine, but the meaning is different. You prefer to use the bus lines rather than take the tramway or drive or something else.

Reegis3) Yesterday I was riding the bus from 16:00 to 18:00.

That sounds like an alibi.

ReegisIt means that this activity just lasted two hours. Can I say it some other way?

You could say you were on the bus then.

Thank you, anonymous.

If I could ask one question regarding this part of your answer:

anonymoustalking to the guy across the aisle, etc.

Why did you say 'the guy' instead of 'a guy'? I understand that this is just an unknown person riding this bus and nothing special about him. Or maybe the fact that he is sitting across the aisle identifies him sufficiently to use 'the'?
I am just trying to brush up my knowledge of articles...

Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
ReegisOr maybe the fact that he is sitting across the aisle identifies him sufficiently to use 'the'?

That's pretty much it. "A" would not be very idiomatic there.

OK. It is interesting Emotion: smile